With E3 right around the corner, plenty of us have games or hardware that we really want to see announced. But, sometimes there’s stuff that we just really don’t want to see. There’s a whole slew of stuff that I’d rather not see. Some things I would rather not see purely out of its lack of originality, and other things that I’d love to see at the show but, sadly, I know that it’s just a fleeting wish. A dream of a better gaming tomorrow. Here’s my Top 5 list of what I’m not pumped to see at E3:
5. Overwhelming Console Announcements
I did a personal Top 5 list of what I was excited to see at E3, one of the things that I had placed pretty high on the list was the slew of new hardware and console announcements that would be coming to E3. Well, I kinda want to reprimand it here. The PS4 and Xbox One still feel relatively fresh since their initial hardware announcement. As a PS4 owner the rumors circulating the Neo are a bit worrying because it feels like it hasn’t been long. That could be a totally subjective feeling which is why I put this so low in the list but still. I imagine Xbox owners must feel the same way about the TWO new consoles that will be bombarding them essentially making the Xbox One pretty outdated. We’ve heard a lot of news that the Xbox Scorpion will be a significantly higher powered machine than the Xbox One and the PS4 which leaves a lot of original Xbox One owners feeling left behind. Traditionally, someone will buy one console and will maintain that as their primary console until it is financially feasible to buy the newest version of their current console orthey’ll just wait until the next console cycle starts up. This really leaves those people wondering “What the hell just happened? Did I miss something?”. Sadly poor Gamer, you did, in fact, miss something.
4. Resident Evil 7
There’s been a lot of news spinning around in the rumor mill. The most heartbreaking piece of rumorific news was the possibility of a new Resident Evil game. I only have one response to this… please, oh pretty please, stop making Resident Evil. I feel that every game after RE4 (and I didn’t even like 4 that much) has been either disappointing, kind of a mess, or straight up dumpster trash. Why do you want to keep pumping money into this garbage? CAPCOM EXPLAIN YOURSELVES!? Instead, take that money and use it to make Street Fighter V an actual product instead of a demo compilation. Or, an even better idea, take that money and make either Asura’s Wrath II or a game like Asura’s Wrath since Asura’s Wrath is really fantastic. Dragons Dogma? Aliens v. Predator? For the love of all that is good freaking Chip n’ Dale Rescue Ranger? That’s how far I’m willing to take this! I’ll take the final game in the riveting Chip n’ Dales Rescue Ranger trilogy before I get Resident Evil VII. Hell, I didn’t even want to say this… I’ll have Dark Void II before I have RE. Capcom, please? Please no.
3. Watch Dogs II
Why? Why would you even? Watch Dogs was one of the most profoundly disappointing and underwhelming video games I have ever played. I have never been so shocked by a flagrant shift in quality and fidelity like I was when I first played Watch Dogs. I remember the fantastic E3 reveal. It sold me. I was one of the people who saw that trailer and immediately recognized as this truly next generation game. Open, sprawling world with hackable objects leaving a lot of gameplay up to player agency and strategy. Sadly, this is not what we got. What we really got was a lifeless game, which is so hugely disappointing. Nothing about this game felt truly dynamic. It felt so scripted, so forced, and so contrived that it was an absolute hassle to play. The shooting was middling to straight up bad at times. The hacking, while at first appearing to be this game changing, world changing device actually proves to be really lame. The objects that you can hack are limited and at no point did it ever feel like fun, which is sad. I wanted this game to be good. I really did. But after being so unsatisfied with the games last romp is be good with waiting it out for a while. Letting the Watch Dogs name sit out for a bit and than bring t back bigger and better than ever.
2. Fresh Games
It seems like this E3, more than any other, is the year of Sequels galore. Everybody wants to revive a long gone franchise or continue a well established franchise. It doesn’t seem like we’re paving the way with fresh new concepts and ideas. That’s disappointing since, as an industry, we have the capability to be the heralds of great change that ripples across multiple industries. Games have the capability to reach the acclaim and star power of something ala Pulp Fiction and I believe we will reach that one day but more and more I’m thinking that it won’t be any time soon. This E3 is cluttered with Sequels. And yes, I’m even judging the games I love and wanted to see sequels too. Here’s a short list of what sequels and spin offs to expect (based on confirmation and rumors):
- Crackdown 3
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Watch Dogs 2
- Resident Evil 7
- Battlefield 1 (Battlefield 16 (you think I’m messing with you don’t you?))
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Halo Wars 2
- Dishonored 2
- Titanfall 2
- Persona 5
- Final Fantasy XV
- Injustice 2
- Wolfenstein 2
- The Evil Within 2
- Pre… I won’t speak of this one. If I say it’s name too many times then it definitely won’t happen.
- Dead Rising 4
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
And that’s just to name a few. Can we just get some new, interesting games instead of having to see this cluster of games at E3 every year? That shouldn’t be too hard yet it is and it sucks. We need strong companies to have breakthroughs beyond the actual hardware realm because at the end of the day, you may created VR but if you have nothing to support it then it will surely fail.
1. I can’t see Cyberpunk 2077
I just want to see it, and play it, and live it. If you’ve read any of my other work then you’ll know that I’m a complete sucker for anything having to do with a Cyberpunk setting. So, when you have a Cyberpunk game, created by CD Projekt RED (the masters behind The Witcher) I’ll be instantly hooked to that product. Sadly, ever since that initial, mind blowing video we’ve been given very little information. And stated recently by CD Prjojekt RED we’ll still be left in the dark with no new information about the project being unveiled at E3 2016. This is a huge disappointment and something that I’m really not excited about. I love the large majority of Cyberpunk of games from Shadowrun to Deus Ex. Cyberpunk seems like an incredibly fresh concept even though I still have no idea what it is. I believe that I’ll follow anything that CD Projekt RED makes. They’ve never ceased to amaze me which is a hard reaction for me to have from any developer. I’m pleased with them as a company and I’m excited to see what’s in store for Cyberpunk… sadly it won’t be anytime soon.
Thank you so much for reading. Leave a comment and tell me about any games that you’re excited to see at E3 or not excited to see!
Michael Soriano is an amateur blogger and writer with a passion for video games. He has been playing games for over 12 years and some of his favorite games include Kingdoms of Amalur, Painkiller, DOOM, The Witcher 3, and The Uncharted Series.